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Gordon McDowellIs Your Child's Brain Starving? (2003)

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Lecture on how diet can contribute to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) by Dr. Michael R. Lyon, MD. Shot at Mount Royal College, Calgary, Alberta.

Dr. Lyon - "As the director of a medical & research centre, I have explored a variety of potential treatments to improve brain function in children and adults, without the use of drugs like Ritalin. Although I believe there is promise in certain herbal medicines and in non-drug treatments such as biofeedback, I have seen the most profound improvements in learning and behaviour through an intelligently applied nutritional program."


Notes from cameraman (Gordon McDowell):
Dr. Lyon later emailed me a copy of his Power Point presentation , which I've incorporated into the video.

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Keywords: Attention; Deficit; ADHD
Contact Information: Dr. Michael R. Lyon, MD is Medical and Research Director of <a href="">FunctionalMedicine.Ca</a> <br /> <a href="">Gordon McDowell</a> created the video.

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00:03:00 - Lack of investigation into environmental factors and diet as contributing factors in ADHD.
00:06:20 - Rise in psychiatric disorders.
00:09:10 - Book: "Healing the Hyperactive Brain".
00:09:40 - ADHD is a brain condition. Executive centers of brain undeveloped and inactive.
00:12:40 - Simulant medication effect on ADHD.
00:14:50 - Brain under siege from neurotoxic exposure.
00:17:02 - Mercury vapor (tooth fillings).
00:23:40 - Magazine: "Environmental Health Perspectives": Organophosphorus pesticide exposure of urban and suburban pre-school children with organic and conventional diets.
00:25:26 - Book: "Generations at Risk".
00:28:40 - Frogs are the 'canaries' of the natural world.
00:32:53 - Fast Food / Junk Food.
00:37:13 - Brain composed 100% of nutrients.
00:37:30 - Setting the Stage for ADHD.
00:40:24 - Measurements of omega fatty acids in test subjects.
00:44:35 - Omega acids require delta-6-desaturase B3/B6/Vit.C/Zn/Mg to be converted into DHA and other fatty acids required by brain.
00:52:22 - Mg supplement.
00:56:00 - Dehydration.
00:56:30 - Brain-gut connection.
00:59:00 - Leaky gut.
01:00:58 - Leaky gut syndrome symptoms.
01:08:00 - Book: "Is Your Child's Brain Starving?"
01:10:45 - Modified food pyramid.
01:11:54 - Smart Nutrition Program.
01:12:05 - Antioxidant phytochemicals.
01:13:17 - ANT PIE (Abstain, Nourish, Toxins, Probiotics, Identify, Eliminate).
01:14:02 - Support detoxification.
01:18:49 - Thanks to "Natural Factors" and "Community Natural Foods".

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